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5 Must-Read Wincest Fics

September 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Wincest. The epic love story of Sam and Dean Winchester. And one of the most controversial (and popular!) ships in the Supernatural fandom. (Yes, we know they’re brothers.) Sam/Dean shippers come for all different types of kinks and tropes — some show up for their special familial bond (incest!kink, anyone?), some are here for some straight up Jensen/Jared fics (try Swesson or J2), and some get all heart-warmed and fuzzy for pre-series backstory (try Weecest). But regardless of //

Bury Your Gays: How a 1930s Hollywood Production Code is Killing Your Favorite LGBTQ Characters Today

August 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Note: The following article contains spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Orange is the New Black, and The 100. If you’re an LGBTQ television fan, chances are you’ve seen your favorite lesbian character killed off — Tara McClay, Poussey Washington, Commander Lexa, just to name a few. And if you’re part of gay fandom culture, you might also be familiar with the #LexaDeservedBetter and #LGBTFansDeserveBetter hashtag riots when The 100 killed off their beloved lesbian warrior in //

Fanspeak 101: The Ultimate Guide to Fandom Slang

August 15, 2018 // 1 Comment

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Fanspeak. Fannish jargon. Fandom language. Fanglage. Whatever you want to call it, fandom slang is a language of its own. Not only does fandom at large have a specialized vocabulary, but each individual fandom itself has its own jargon. Whether you’re talking about ships, tropes, or AUs, it can be difficult for newcomers to understand fandom terminology. But have no fear! FAN/FIC Magazine is here to save the day with an ultimate guide to fandom slang. This is by no means an exhaustive //

How to Interpret Your AO3 Fanfiction Data using Google Analytics

August 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

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You’ve written the words, you’ve developed the characters, now you’re ready to post your fanfiction online for the world to see. Most fanfic writers are perfectly content using the built-in statistics trackers on fanfiction archives like Fanfiction.net and Archive Of Our Own (AO3), but what if you want more? In our previous fanfiction data post, we showed you how to track AO3 fanfiction statistics using Google Analytics. But setting up codes to track your statistics //

Dean Winchester is the Bisexual Hero Supernatural Deserves

August 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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Warning: Supernatural spoilers ahead. It’s been more than a decade. It’s been thirteen seasons of the Winchester brothers killing monsters along the lower forty-eight. Of booze-fuelled sex romps and bro hugs. Of monsters and men. And thirteen years has certainly taken its toll on Sam and Dean — they’ve been chewed up by Lucifer and spit out by the Almighty Chuck himself. Dean has been in dire straits since season four, when he returned from Hell — his alcoholism //

Reading Violence as Romance: The Twilight Saga & Fifty Shades

July 27, 2018 // 1 Comment

Let’s go back in time. Back to the 21st-century aughts, when vampires and werewolves ruled the airways, followed years later by women reading fifty shades of BDSM on city buses (replete with hide-a-book covers). Because I really want to talk about two of the biggest female-driven media phenomena of the last decade: the Twilight saga and Fifty Shades series. These two otherworldly tales aren’t just Hollywood blockbusters: these are popular texts that circulate across multiple mediums //

How to Track AO3 Fanfiction Statistics Using Google Analytics

April 23, 2018 // 7 Comments

We all know the addiction — the insatiable pull of the “Statistics” page as soon as you post a new fanfiction on Archive Of Our Own (AO3). The checking and rechecking and refreshing, hour after hour, day after day. How many people have read my fic? Did anybody give me kudos? Ooh, a comment! Tracking your statistics on AO3 can provide a lot of basic information about how your fic is being received. Indeed, hit counts, kudos, bookmarks, comments, and subscriptions are all well //

Why Is There So Much Gay Shipping in Fanfiction?

February 12, 2018 // 5 Comments

Sherlock and Watson. Dean and Cas. Derek and Stiles. There’s no denying it. There is a lot of gay (male) shipping in fanfiction. In fact, a 2013 survey by Destination Toast suggests that M/M slash pairings make up a whopping 42.6% of all ship categories on AO3 as compared to 21.3% for Gen and 15.4% for Het (F/M). M/M shipping is not a new phenomenon. Slash, and particularly male slash, is as old as contemporary media fandom itself, with Star Trek’s Kirk and Spock largely cited as the //

‘Hannibal’ Changed the Game for Women and Gender on Television

January 18, 2018 // 1 Comment

NBC’s Hannibal likes to play with, twist, and tear down sex and gender stereotypes. Hannibal is a serial killer — prim and proper and baking in an apron. Will Graham is sweet and gentle… and also an ex-cop swilling whisky in his lumberjack shirt. They both appear one way to outsiders. But inside they are almost inverses — both of each other and of what you might expect. This is before we even consider the way two male original characters in Thomas Harris’ novel Hannibal //

How to Find the Best Fanfiction

January 4, 2018 // 4 Comments

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Let’s be honest for a moment. Although there are beautiful, devastating, mind-blowing fanfics out there, it is not a stretch to say that the majority of fanfiction is… mediocre. Fanfiction is not designed to be published professionally and is not held to the same editorial standards that regulate professional writing (nor should it be!). As a result, the majority of fanfiction is marred by spelling mistakes, pronoun overuse, run-on sentences, convoluted plotting, and improper //